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(Manila, Philippines) Everyone needs a weekend away. Somewhere close to nature and cooler climes, ideally just a short drive away. For those who are not in the mood for the trek down South, one can head up North to the lush hillside town of San Mateo, Rizal. The area has become a favorite for adventure seekers looking for a unique barkada experience, and families looking for unique ways to bond. The unadulterated landscape and balmy weather is the perfect foil to calm the mind and relax the spirit.

As you drive up, the first thing you will notice is the spectacular view of the city unfolding by the side of the hill. The next thing that catches your attention is the hillside covered with a carpet of green rising on the side of the road, like those you will find in Little Baguio by Pintong Bukawe. The winding roads are lined with towering pine trees, transporting you – literally and figuratively – to a special place. Roll down the windows to take in the cool fresh air! After that drive, it’s time to find that quaint local restaurant in the area for brunch, lunch or even merienda. Nearby is the idyllic Caza Peregrine Resort and Restaurant with one of the most enviable views around. An outdoor table is a must! Be sure to snap a photo at the IG-worthy loveseat set against the most lush scenic backdrop, and watch those likes coming in. Next stop for family day is a short drive to Ampid 1 for Ciudad Christia Resort 9 Waves Pool for some swim and sun.

For the younger set in search of a bit of a challenge, San Mateo, Rizal has quite a few spots up its sleeve. If adventure hikes and nature climbs are in the plan, head out to Mt. Sinai in Pintong Bukawe or explore Hidden Falls over at Guitnang Bayan 1. Big bike riders are also welcome, with Shotgun Road in Guitnang Bayan 2 boasting of wide roads and challenging turns. Once everyone has worked up an appetite, ride right into Biker’s Café over in the next town. Rest and relax while regaling in the stories of that epic ride with seating right on the side of the hill! At the end of the trail, what will remain is a day well spent bonding with the barkada.

Located in the heart of all this is the exclusive residential community Amiya Raya in San Mateo. The master-planned development is designed to feel like coming home to a place that takes the best of nature, and brings it closer to home. Modern amenities meet mindful design, taking advantage of the lush hillside, making it an idyllic place to raise a family. Wake up to the weekend knowing that all these great adventures and nature trails are but a stone’s throw away from your doorstep.

The soon-to-rise Shanti Condominium grants residents sweeping views of the mountains of one side, and the cityscape in the other. Imagine waking up to all this and immediately falling into a rested state of mind. Even Amiya Raya’s location is ideal – being close to commercial areas, schools, churches, malls, and government offices.

Amiya Raya’s vision is to create a community where families can come together for a fun day of activities. The cool weather makes it ideal for outdoor events that take advantage of the space and the beautiful scenery. Each event is designed to create opportunities for families and friends to bonds, and also get to meet new neighbors in a relaxing setting against the amazing views of the hillside and the city.

The annual Cinema Under The Stars (CUTS) recently held at Club Vihara is a favorite among the residents, and their neighbors from the area. Imagine watching a blockbuster movie under the star-filled night sky, while lounging in the grass while munching on yummy snacks. Around Easter time, The Great Eggscapades has children running around for the Easter egg hunt, bunny decorating contests, face painting, and other fun activities.

The rest of the year will be a busy one at Amiya Raya, as they have a calendar full of fun things to do at Club Vihara. Sports minded folks can also test their skills at the Vihara Badminton Open, while photography enthusiasts can join Captured!, a photo contest that focuses on Amiya Raya’s amazing views. It’s also best to plan costumes early, as the annual Wicked Weekend, Club Vihara’s Halloween Trick or Treat activity, is set to be a fun ghoulish affair. Rounding out the season is its annual New Year’s Countdown.

The fun nature getaway of San Mateo is just a short drive outside of the city. Which makes it easy to plan either a quick weekend away for the family, or even just a fun activity-filled day with the barkada. Amiya Raya finds itself in the middle of this cross-section of nature and urban living – with lots of things to do, eat, and try for everyone. The only thing better would be to come home to family in this space. To come home to Amiya Raya.

PHOTO CREDIT: San Mateo Tourism Office



Office address: 2504-A Tektite Tower East, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

On-site address: Amiya Raya, Bgy. Guitnang Bayan I, San Mateo, Rizal

Tel. no. (02)8938-6288 / (02)8667-3456 or 57 / (0917)529-0955

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Amira Raya is a master planned residential development that is just a quick 15-minute drive out of the city. The developments boasts of a 270-degree unobstructed view of the Metro Manila skyline from 160 to 240 meters above sea level. It is fused with its natural landscape, offering its homeowners a dream sanctuary, amidst cool weather and a pollution-free environment.


CCI has been in the business of real estate development for 18 years – conceptualizing, developing, and selling close to PhP3.0 billion in both ‘lot only’ and ‘house and lot’ inventories. These are spread out over six property developments situated in the easter part of Metro Manila, in and around Rizal and Bulacan. Four of these have been fully completed – Monte Brisa and Fiorenza in Rodriguez, Rizal, and Valle Rosa and Altana in Malolos, Bulacan. Their two developments in San Mateo – Amiya Raya, and Shanti Condominium – are works in progress. CCI strives to offer to the market, high quality real estate properties on budget-friendly price points.

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